Stephen King Says He’ll Help Bookshop Owner Who Lost Rare Collection in a Flood

By January 22, 2018Bookshops, News

A bookshop owner named Gerald Winters who runs a bookshop in Bangor, Maine was devastated when a burst pipe caused a flood which destroyed over 2,000 books, some of which were rare first editions and included several of King’s original typed manuscripts, including Dolan’s Cadillac and The Eyes of the Dragon. The damage has cost Winters thousands of dollars worth of rare books, not to mention the cost of repairing the store. Luckily, help is at hand.

As PressHerald reports, Stephen King has stated that, as a book lover, he was “horrified” to hear about Winters’ loss and intends to do whatever he can to try and help Winters recover his losses. Winters has spent the past 20 years collecting rare King books along with other notable books such as signed Tolkien editions and signed copies of George R.R. Martin’s books. He opened his store, Gerald Winters & Son, in King’s hometown of Maine in 2016.

As Winters said: “You can’t replace this stuff,” but it looks like King’s help may go a long way in helping Winters rebuild his collection. No doubt King will call in a few favours and have some more rare items make their way to Winters.

Waterstones to Open Two New Stores

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Reading has never been so cool and many bookshops are bucking the current high street trends and thriving. Today we hear the fantastic news that Waterstones is to open two new books and they’ll be trading in time for Christmas.

It’s a grim time for retailers with many proclaiming the high street ‘dead on its feet’ so the news that two new stores are opening is absolutely fantastic, especially as it’s bookshops in particular who are suffering from the effects of online trade and the digital revolution.

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Mr B’s Emporium Hopes Crowdfunding Will Help Expansion

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Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath is one of Britain’s best loved bookshops and if you ever wanted to support them now is the time to do it as they launch a crowdfunding campaign to expand its premises.

The store is already an absolutely delightful place to be, and if you haven’t already visited Mr B’s Emporium, you can find it in our bookshop section by clicking the link attached to the name in this paragraph. Read More

15 moments when a Swansea bookshop won Twitter

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Bookshops are often thought of as quiet, thoughtful places where people go to buy, read, and sniff the books. Sometimes it can be tricky to make the bookshop seem like a super-exciting and stimulating place to be, but one branch of Waterstones has been trying to entice people in with their witty rhetoric on Twitter.

Ok, so perhaps the only people impressed with cheeky banter from a retail social media account are possibly just Reading Addicts… And it is a good job you are all here!

Settle down with a cup of tea and these 15 witty, silly, and funny quips from Swansea Waterstones.

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Waterstones Buys Family Owned Foyles Chain

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In one of the biggest sales the bookselling world has ever seen, Waterstones is buying the family owned Foyles bookshop chain in a move they say is designed to champion real bookshops in the face of online rivals.

The 115 year old chain has been in the hands of the Foyles family since the first bookshop was opened in London in 1903 by brothers William and Gilbert Foyle. The sale to Waterstones will include the entire chain including the well-known Charing Cross Road store in central London, which was famously relocated in 2014. The chain has 283 bookshops across the UK and Northern Europe and is one of the best known brands of bookshop in Britain.

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Raffle Sees New Owner for Cardigan Bookshop

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Last month we brought you the news that a bookshop owner from Cardigan, West Wales was raffling off his business to customers at his shop. Every customer who spent £20 in store received a raffle ticket and in the end sixty tickets went into the hat.

Last week the draw was made, with Abba’s The Winner Takes it All playing in the background and the name out of the hat was of Dutchman Ceisjan van Heerden, known locally as CJ who will become the shop’s new owner.
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How Barnes & Noble was Almost Sold Off Quietly

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A lawsuit filed by Barnes & Noble’s former CEO Demos Parneros on 28th August charging his former employer with breach of contract and defamation of character after his dismissal last month has revealed that the giant bookseller was to be quietly sold off this year before the deal fell through.

Barnes & Noble are thought of as one of the giants of the bookselling industry, about the only company to come close to rivalling Amazon, and even having their own branded eReader. But now thanks to this lawsuit it’s announced that in June a rival withdrew its offer to buy the chain after completing due diligence due to a number of unflattering revelations about how the company operates. The rival bookseller is unnamed in the announcement, and we wouldn’t like to hazard a guess as to who it may have been.
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